Alexi Kenney, violin

La Mer
March 23 and 24, 2018

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney has been praised by the New York Times for “…immediately drawing listeners in with his beautifully phrased and delicate playing.” His win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition at the age of nineteen led to a critically acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie Weill Hall.

Highlights for Alexi’s 2015-16 season include solo recitals at Jordan Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and concerto engagements with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Maria Philharmonic and the NEC Philharmonia at Symphony Hall in Boston, in a performance of John Adams’ Violin Concerto.  Alexi began the season with a busy summer in residence at the Marlboro Festival, along with featured solo recitals at the Caramoor Music Festival and ChamberFest Cleveland.

He has given recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Napa’s Festival del Sole, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess series, and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and has been featured on Performance Today, WQXR-NY’s Young Artist Showcase, WFMT-Chicago, and NPR’s From the Top.  Recent concerto engagements include the Santa Fe Symphony and Roswell Symphony in New Mexico, and the Hofheim Academy Orchestra in Bad Soden, Germany.

A passionate chamber musician, Alexi has performed at Caramoor, “Chamber Music Connects the World” at the Kronberg Academy, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Yellow Barn, and on tour with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute, collaborating with artists including Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Gary Graffman, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, and Christian Tetzlaff. He has an upcoming tour with Musicians from Marlboro in 2017.

He is the recipient of top prizes at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition (2012), the Mondavi Center Competition (2010), and the 2013 Kronberg Academy master classes. He was praised by Strings magazine for his “beautiful, aching tone” for a performance of the Sibelius Concerto with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing during the Menuhin Competition.

Born in Palo Alto, California in 1994, Alexi received his Bachelor’s of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he is currently the only violinist in its selective Artist Diploma program. At NEC he studies with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried on the Charlotte F. Rabb Presidential Scholarship. Former teachers include Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong.

Alexi plays on the “Joachim-Ma” Stradivari of 1714, the violin used by Joseph Joachim for the premiere performance of the Brahms Concerto, through the generosity of the New England Conservatory.

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